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Anthony Storr: Solitude: A Return to the Self Author: Anthony Storr Number of Pages: Published Date: Publisher: Publication Country. Solitude: a return to the self 6 editions. Solitude, Adjustment (Psychology), Interpersonal relations, Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.), Loneliness, Mental Health, Interpersonal Relations, Social Isolation, Accessible book, Famous Persons, Temperament, Creativeness. A provocative and highly articulate meditation on solitude, Anthony Storr explores the connection between Read Online Solitude: A Return to the Self pdf.
Dimensions: 7. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal British psychotherapist Storr takes issue with the predominate view in the West that intimate relationships are the exclusive source and measure of mental health and personal satisfaction. In this far-reaching work, he considers the impact of voluntary as well as enforced solitude, particularly on creative persons such as composers, writers, and philosophers. Their efforts take place chiefly in solitude, and Storr argues that solitude has restorative value for the ordinary individual as well. His intriguing analyses of figures such as Kafka, Kipling, Beatrix Potter, Beethoven, Newton, and Wittgenstein offer compelling evidence that individuals may achieve happiness and stability through their work, even when their interpersonal relationships are inferior. A book of substance; highly recommended.
But I may come to feel that such habitually defming factors are also limiting. Suppose that I become dissatisfied with my habitual self, or feel that there are areas of experience or self-understanding which I cannot reach. One way of exploring these is.
This is not without its dangers. Any form of new oiganization or integration within the mind has to be preceded by some degree of disorganization.
No one can tell, until he has experienced it, whether or not this necessary disruption of former patterns will be succeeded by something better.
The desire for solitude as a means of escape from the pressure of ordinary life and as a way of renewal is vividly illustrated by Admiral Byrd's account of manning an advanced weather base in the Antarctic during the winter of He insisted on doing this alone. He admits that his desire for this experience was not primarily the wish to make meteorological observations, although these constituted the ostensible reason for his solitaJy vigil.
Aside from the meteorological and auroral work, I had no important purposes. There was nothing of that sort. Nothing whatever, except one man's desire to know that kind of experience to the full, to be by himself for a while and to taste peace and quiet and solitude long enough to find out how good they really are.
He describes himself as having an extraordinarily happy private life. He reached a time to read the books h d ess. In his diary :ook my daily walk at 4 p.
In that instant I could f I momentarily to be myself with the universe The co.. It was a leeJin 0 ::t Whole and not an accidental to the heart of man's despg. I live more simply now, and with more peace.
This overcoming of all the usuel barriers between the individual and the Absolute is the great mystic achievement. In mystic states we both become one with the Absolute and we become aware of our oneness. Freud states that he can find no trace of any such feeling in himself. He goes on to say that what Rolland was describing was 'a feeling of an indissoluble bond, of being one with the external world as a whole,.
As might be expected, Freud regards the oceanic feeling as a regression to an earlier state: that of the infant at the breast, at a period before the infant has learned to distinguish his ego from the external world. According to Freud, this is a gradual process. In this way, there IS for the first tune set over against the ego an 'object, in the form of something which exists 'outside' and which is only forced to appear by a special action.
IO Freud is not impressed with Rolland's claim that the oceanic feeling is the source of religious sentiments. Freud claimed that man's need for religion originated with the infant's sense of helplessness: 'I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection,"! However, he admits that the oceanic feeling may have become connected with religion at a later stage and surmises that 'oneness with the universe' is ' a first attempt at a religious consolation, as though it were another way of disclaiming the danger which the ego recognizes as threatening it from the external world.
Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal British psychotherapist Storr takes issue with the predominate view in the West that intimate relationships are the exclusive source and measure of mental health and personal satisfaction.
In this far-reaching work, he considers the impact of voluntary as well as enforced solitude, particularly on creative persons such as composers, writers, and philosophers. Their efforts take place chiefly in solitude, and Storr argues that solitude has restorative value for the ordinary individual as well.
His intriguing analyses of figures such as Kafka, Kipling, Beatrix Potter, Beethoven, Newton, and Wittgenstein offer compelling evidence that individuals may achieve happiness and stability through their work, even when their interpersonal relationships are inferior. A book of substance; highly recommended.
Cynthia Widmer, Williamstown, Mass. From the Inside Flap A provocative and highly articulate meditation on solitude, Anthony Storr explores the connection between solitude and the creative personality.
From the great to the obscure, Storr examines the uses that all kinds of people make of solitude in times of bereavement and depression, in escaping from the pressures of daily life, in communing with a higher power through prayer, and in finding and expressing their deepest selves.
Most helpful customer reviews of people found the following review helpful. This book will change your life By Lee Tasey I have always been a solitary man, someone who likes to be alone, reading and writing, and who prefers solitude becasue I thrive in it.
I've never had a ton of friends, and still don't, though I always had a few close ones. Some people say there is "something wrong" with me and that I need to get out more and be more social.
Thing is, I don't find that satisfying.
I find more satisfaction in solitude, reading and thinking and writing, than I do in "working the crowd. Storr's book, I'm glad to say, changed all that. Contrary to popular opinion, Mr. Storr says it's a sign of health if one can be alone for long periods of time; he also suggests that a person is deficient if he can't handle being alone and instead has to fill his life with friends, parties, lots of distractions, and the like. The fact is, many great writers, philosophers, poets, musicians and artists were very solitary people with few or almost no deep, intimate personal relationships.
The humanities would not be what they are had it not been for those solitary men and women who were alone a lot, people who were able to search deep into themselves and listen to what their souls were saying--in solitude. Large sections of Amazon. I can't recommend Mr. Storr's book enough.
If you enjoy a solitary life and doubt that you are "normal" or "sane," or if people are always on your back about spending time alone or about how you don't have a lot of intimate friendships, you have nothing to fear: it's perfectly normal to want to be alone, especially if your gifts and talents demand that you be alone.
All in all, Solitude: A Return to the Self was a major discovery and I'm looking forward to reading it again.
This book was a rare find. I can't remember a book having this much of an impact on me. If only Mr. Storr were alive so I could thank him for this fine book. Very highly recommended.